Almost 50 years ago, Port Austin was the place to get a team together and play broomball at the annual winter carnival. Back in the day, the event was huge, with parades and the Winter Carnival Queen’s crowning. Even postcards were published.
The Port Austin Winter Carnival returns after an 11-year hiatus. While the focus will be the broomball tournament, the village’s new ice arena will be hosting several events. The festivities begin on Friday, February 5th, and run through Sunday, February 7th.
Port Austin Winter Carnival Schedule of Events
The first event begins on Friday at 5 pm with Ice Shuffleboard at Gallop Park. The cost per 2-man team is $15, and each team must have a captain. You can register your team on the Chamber website or by following this link. Port Austin 2021 Winter Carnival Ice Shuffleboard Registration. The snowman building contest begins, and The Bank 1884 is open as a warming station from 5-11 pm.
The day kicks off with the start of the Broomball Tournament at 11 am on Railroad Street. The 5 player teams may continue the tournament play at 12 pm Sunday if required. The Chamber’s Broomball Registration Site indicates that the tournament schedule is full, and no more registrations are being taken. We have been informed that a special guest will be a Master of Ceremonies for the Event. There will be a timed relay hammer and nail game for your amusement between the broomball action.
At noon those who really want to chill out can take a dip in the ice-cold waters of Lake Huron. Each brave soul gets a t-shirt. The cost is $25. You can register your team on the Chamber website or by following this link. Port Austin 2021 Winter Carnival Polar Bear Dip Registration.
Finally, at 7 pm, look for a competitive game of tug-of-war on the village green. The Bank 1884 is open as a warming station from 11 am until 10 pm.
Sunday is the final event is for the kids at the new Port Austin ice rink. Bring the kids under 12 years old at 1 pm for some fun skating, slipping, and sliding competitions. This Chamber will also announce the winner of the Zamboni Naming Contest. You can enter the naming contest at the Chamber website or by following this link. Port Austin 2021 Winter Zamboni Naming Contest. The cost is $20 and all funds go toward the Ice Rink.
For more information and to see details and specific schedule of events, see the Port Austin Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar.